Trolling on Tinder® (and other dating apps): examining the role of the Dark Tetrad and impulsivity

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March, Evita, Grieve, Rachel, Marrington, Jessica and Jonason, Peter K.. 2017. "Trolling on Tinder® (and other dating apps): examining the role of the Dark Tetrad and impulsivity." Personality and Individual Differences. 110, pp. 139-143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.01.025
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Trolling on Tinder® (and other dating apps): examining the role of the Dark Tetrad and impulsivity

ERA Journal ID6553
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMarch, Evita (Author), Grieve, Rachel (Author), Marrington, Jessica (Author) and Jonason, Peter K. (Author)
Journal TitlePersonality and Individual Differences
Journal Citation110, pp. 139-143
Number of Pages5
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0191-8869
1873-3549
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.01.025
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0191886917300260
Abstract

No longer conceptualised as only for the 'desperate', online dating offers many benefits over face-to-face dating.
Accompanying the benefits of online dating is the potential for new, distinct forms of antisocial behaviour online,
such as trolling. The current study (N=357) sought to explore the antisocial behaviour of trolling on Location-
Based Real-Time Dating applications (i.e., LBRTD apps) in an online sample of Australians sourced from the community.
Specifically, we examined the role of participant's sex and of the personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism,
psychopathy, sadism, and impulsivity in predicting perpetration of trolling behaviours on LBRTD
apps. Although there were no sex differences, the traits of psychopathy, sadism, and dysfunctional impulsivity
were significantly associated with trolling behaviours. Subsequent moderation analysis revealed that dysfunctional
impulsivity predicts perpetration of trolling, but only if the individual has medium or high levels of trait
psychopathy. Results of the current study aid in further conceptualising the personality of the Internet 'troll'. Future research should further explore antisocial online behaviours, such as other hostile behaviour that occurs on
LBRTD apps.

Keywordstrolling; Dark Tetrad; dysfunctional impulsivity; moderation; Location-Based Real-Time Dating Applications
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520503. Personality and individual differences
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsFederation University
University of Tasmania
School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Centre for Health Research
University of Western Sydney
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